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Coupon Corner: The perks of being a poor college student

Amanda Valentovic Staff Writer

There’s nothing college students love more than spending less money than they have to. What many don’t know is that there are tricks and deals for students to savenhiding right in front of them. Here are a few tips for pinching pennies during your student years.

A lot of restaurants offer discounts and perks to people who show a student ID. Subway will take 10 percent off the total purchase, and Chipotle will often offer a free drink when an ID is presented. Locally, Napolini’s on Oak Street will give students with an ID a 10 percent discount as well.

When students head over to Roosevelt Field Mall, they can find stores that will accept a student ID for a discount. Charlotte Russe and Macy’s are included and Forever 21 has select days when they take 15 percent off regular-priced purchases.

For any Spotify listeners, the music streaming service offers a half price student deal to subscribe to Spotify Premium at $4.99 a month. In Spotify Premium, there are no ads and users can listen to music offline and on their mobile devices.

The New York Times offers a college subscription rate of 99 cents for the first four weeks and $1.88 after that, 50 percent off the regular rate. The subscription includes full access to the New York Times website and smartphone apps, so readers can avoid the hassle of only having 10 free clicks per month.

Amazon has a program called Amazon Student, where students can get six months of free two-day shipping on any of their purchases. Other benefits include $10 referral credits and promotions and deals from Amazon specifically for students who sign up.

No one likes spending a lot of money on textbooks, especially when they will only be used for a semester or two. Half.com lets students buy the textbooks they need at much lower prices, and the option to rent is available as well. When the final has been taken and the semester is over, students can post their books on the website and sell them themselves.

Chegg.com is similar to Half.com in that it sells textbooks, but savings deals are also offered to students who make an account. The site also has a smartphone app that can be downloaded to access coupons for businesses in their area. There are many more ways for students to be able to keep a little extra cash in their pockets. Having a Hofstra ID in your wallet is never a bad thing.

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